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What’s an Arduino?

Arduino is an open-source electronic prototyping platform based on flexible, easy to use hardware and software. It is intended for tinkerers and hobbyists that are interested in creating interactive objects or environments. For such a simple device, its design potential and uses are limitless. At Unleash Space, we offer multiple workshops to students and staff who would like to learn how to use this technology.

Learning to use the Arduino

To a newcomer, the components of the Arduino appear like hieroglyphics from the future. Fortunately, Dweep Kapadia, one of the student creative technologists working in the Maker Space, translated the technology some keen learners at a recent workshop.

Dweep explained that microcomputer and sensor technology work together to mimic human capabilities, with the goal of outperforming them. Sensors can take in information, just like our vision and hearing do. The microcomputer processes that information and decides what to do with it – similar to human brains. 

Having learned what an Arduino can do, workshop attendees were able to put their own ideas on the board. 

“I found it really fun, it was a good environment to be able to figure out what you wanted to do with the Arduino” – An ex-technician studying for a Bachelor of Property.

“My goal was to get in touch with an Arduino, and the workshop gave me the opportunity to do it. The tutorial was very easy to follow; I love the casual atmosphere and the pace and receiving help whenever I needed.” – Jens Brinkmann, also known as the “PhD guy”.

“It’s cool to learn about things outside of my skill set, because coming from my Business background I would not have otherwise been exposed to what the future might unfold. It’s good to know that there is a space to ideate and innovate in a controlled environment.” – Jared Goffe, CEO of Unleash Space.

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What’s an Arduino?

Arduino is an open-source electronic prototyping platform based on flexible, easy to use hardware and software. It is intended for tinkerers and hobbyists that are interested in creating interactive objects or environments. For such a simple device, its design potential and uses are limitless. At Unleash Space, we offer multiple workshops to students and staff who would like to learn how to use this technology.

Learning to use the Arduino

To a newcomer, the components of the Arduino appear like hieroglyphics from the future. Fortunately, Dweep Kapadia, one of the student creative technologists working in the Maker Space, translated the technology some keen learners at a recent workshop.

Dweep explained that microcomputer and sensor technology work together to mimic human capabilities, with the goal of outperforming them. Sensors can take in information, just like our vision and hearing do. The microcomputer processes that information and decides what to do with it – similar to human brains. 

Having learned what an Arduino can do, workshop attendees were able to put their own ideas on the board. 

“I found it really fun, it was a good environment to be able to figure out what you wanted to do with the Arduino” – An ex-technician studying for a Bachelor of Property.

“My goal was to get in touch with an Arduino, and the workshop gave me the opportunity to do it. The tutorial was very easy to follow; I love the casual atmosphere and the pace and receiving help whenever I needed.” – Jens Brinkmann, also known as the “PhD guy”.

“It’s cool to learn about things outside of my skill set, because coming from my Business background I would not have otherwise been exposed to what the future might unfold. It’s good to know that there is a space to ideate and innovate in a controlled environment.” – Jared Goffe, CEO of Unleash Space.


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